Visiting the Chernobyl site and the Unit 2 control room
By Lucas W Hixson
The following is the second installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The
Prometheus positioned in front of the ABK-1 Administration Building
Photo Credit: Heidi Baumgartner
In front of the Administration Building at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a statue of Prometheus that originally was located in front of the cinema in Pripyat which was called by the same name (“The Prometheus”).
Radiation levels near the Prometheus monument were between 15-27 uR/hr.
The statue was covered in radiation from the Unit 4 reactor that likewise coated the city and the work of art required comprehensive decontamination before it was relocated from Pripyat and installed at the entrance to the office building.
Looking to the north from the Prometheus statue I could see ABK-1 Administration buildings which has a large piece of art that incorporates an atom in the design.
An old bridge over one of the cooling pond canals.
If you walk east from the Prometheus monument, away from the sarcophagus, you approach an old iron bridge for trains which spans a channel of the cooling pond.
Some of the fish that live in the cooling pond waters.
From the middle of the bridge we had the best vantage point to look at the fish who live in the cooling pond, including some of the enormous catfish that are so popular online.
The catfish were quick to eat any food we would share with them.
At the canteen we would buy slices of bread and after lunch we would occasionally stop at the bridge to film the trout and catfish eating.
Enjoying a small break on ‘Catfish Bridge’
Standing above the water, the readings on my detector ranged from 26-86 uR/hr.
Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (IFS-2)
Next we visited the new Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) which is currently under construction. Outside of the security gate I checked my detector and read 31 uR/hr. In this large concrete and rebar building, specifically in the “hot chamber”, operators will prepare the RBMK spent fuel assemblies for storage in dry casks. The casks will be stored horizontally in a large concrete bunker.
Workers pass in front of the concrete bunker where the dry casks will be stored horizontally.
The construction of the facility began in 1999 and
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